pool-fence-san mateoSituated near the heart of Silicon Valley, San Mateo‘s sunny weather guarantees that many area homes feature swimming pools. While there are many advantages to having your own private watery wonderland, having a swimming pool also requires you pay attention to safety. City regulations mandate the installation of a pool fence, but there are other important reasons why you should invest in this important feature.

Most of you are aware that children and water can be a dangerous combination. Statistically, drowning is the second leading cause of death in kids under 14. More than 65 percent of those deaths occur in private swimming pools. Aside from the risk of small children who can’t swim falling in, older children can become trapped in pool drains. A pool fence ensure that kids playing outdoors don’t have unsupervised access to your swimming pool.

In fact, SafeKids.org estimates that half of these drownings could be prevented by installing a pool fence. Isolation fencing, where the pool itself is completely surrounded by fencing, is preferable to fencing in just your property. A solid gate with a latch is also critical to keeping unwanted guests out.

San Mateo has very specific safety guidelines for swimming pool fencing. The top of the enclosure must be 60 inches above grade and can not have an opening of more than four inches. The access gates must be self closing and self latching. The latch must be located on the pool side of the gate at least three inches from the top. An alarm is also required for alerting you when the gate is opened.

Even if you don’t have children in your home, you may still have a legal liability. Neighborhood children can become injured or drowned. Swimming pools provide hours of fun and entertainment, and boost your property value. Installing a pool fence ensures peace of mind, and keeps you in line with the law.